14 things to do this weekend in San Diego: ShamROCK, 'Hookman,' Randy Rainbow, Poway Symphony and more

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. The event entrance is at Fifth Avenue and G Street. A general-admission ticket starts at $50 (save $5 with advance purchase); various upgrades are available for $7-$30. sandiegoshamrock.com

For the 25th time, the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation brings another edition of ShamROCK -- six blocks of downtown's best real estate carpeted with emerald green turf, dotted with roving performers, games and contests, and three stages. On the Pint Stage, six bands bring every genre from Celtic folk to Irish punk to straight-up rock. On the Pub and Clover stages, 10 professional DJs mix a variety of moods and grooves -- all guaranteed danceable. Additionally, the ShamROCK wristband includes no cover charge and food and drink specials (posted online) at 25 bars and restaurants. CYNTHIA ZANONE

Jamey Johnson, with Erin Enderlin

. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $38, plus service charges. (800) 745-3000. livenation.com

Major stardom seemed imminent for Jamey Johnson after his second album, 2008's brooding, aptly titled "That Lonesome Song," earned him three Grammy nominations and his stirring ballad "In Color" won song of the year honors at both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association award shows. Johnson now has 10 Grammy nominations to his credit, but no wins. A proud country-music outlaw who can also rock out with aplomb, he has performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the past 14 years but still hasn't been invited to become a member. Due to music industry politics and contractual snafus, he has released only two albums since "That Lonesome Song," the most recent in 2012. But no matter. Johnson's earthy, no-nonsense music continues to be a force. And he shines on concert stages, where he often mixes his potent original songs with classics by everyone from Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash to The Band and Tom Petty. GEORGE VARGA

Telly Leung in "Sing Happy"

; doors open at for dinner and seating. Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, 3940 Fourth Ave., Second Floor, Hillcrest. $40-$50 reserved seating; $20 per person food/drink minimum. (619) 400-4500. ma4sd.com

The star of TV's "Glee," the Old Globe-bred musical "Allegiance" and (most recently) Broadway's "Aladdin" returns to town for this evening of songs and stories. Leung also will talk about his recent career scare -- a serious vocal injury -- in the cabaret show, named for a favorite song from the musical "Flora and the Red Menace." JAMES HEBERT

San Diego Cake Show

. Exhibit hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $12-$50 (free for kids 8 and under). sandiegocakeshow.com

Sweet treats are going glam at the San Diego Cake Show, with this year's theme of "Red Carpet Cakes." From professional pastry chefs to amateur local bakers and decorators, all will show off their best creations, with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This two-day baking fest features a cake design competition, a number of decorating classes, demonstrations on decorating and other skills, along with raffles and lots of vendors who have all sorts of tools, tips and supplies for confection creators. LISA DEADERICK

Randy Rainbow Live

. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. Limited tickets available, starting at $39.50. (619) 570-1100. sandiegotheatres.org

Don't let that innocent "Who, moi?" smile fool you. Do not be lulled into toe-tapping obliviousness by the sprightly show-tune melodies, jaunty rhymes and cheerfully cheesy graphics that make Randy Rainbow's videos dance madly across Twitter feeds and Facebook pages like a Rockette on a Pop Rocks bender. In other words, do not underestimate the serious consciousness-raising, nerve-soothing power of Rainbow's dizzy, catchy, spit-take-worthy political parody videos aimed at the Trump administration. The man behind the pink cat-eye glasses means business. And not only the funny kind. Rainbow, 37, brings his live show to the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego on Saturday. KARLA PETERSON


Opens today. -Saturdays; . Through . Experimental Theatre, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. $20 (discounts available). (619) 594-6884. ttf.sdsu.edu

Who doesn't love an "existential slasher comedy" as told through a feminist lens? The SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film is teaming with Moxie Theatre to stage this twist on urban legend by Lauren Yee, a young playwright of national renown (and a grad of the crosstown University of California San Diego) who received early-career support from the women-centered Moxie. JAMES HEBERT

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Bernstein Centennial

; . Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $18-$39. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and its music director, Steven Schick, have never shied away from a challenge, as their Saturday and Sunday concerts will attest. To celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, the orchestra will perform the composer's famous -- and infamous -- Symphony No. 3, subtitled "Kaddish." Complex musically and lyrically, "Kaddish" is a prayer for the dead that doesn't mention death. While expressing reverence for life, Bernstein's text simultaneously praises and questions God. The powerful way in which the piece thematically fits the current La Jolla Symphony season drew Schick to it. BETH WOOD

Poway Symphony Orchestra featuring Fred Moyer, piano

. Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. $12-$20. (858) 748-0505. powaysymphonyorchestra.org

It's fitting that Fred Moyer will play Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Poway Symphony on Sunday. He credits the piece for his career as a pianist. The 61-year-old pianist averages almost 300 concerts a year, both solo and with orchestras. His Sunday performance with the Poway Symphony Orchestra will be at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to concert halls, Moyer plays frequently in retirement homes and in clubs with his jazz trio. He was performing last year at a La Jolla retirement community, which was attended by John LoPiccolo, music director and conductor of the Poway Symphony Orchestra. Moyer happily accepted LoPiccolo's invitation to play here with the orchestra. BETH WOOD

"Menopause The Musical"

Opens today. 1 and ; . Through . Welk Resort Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido. $55; $75 with preshow meal.(888) 802-7469. sandiegotickets.welkresorts.com

The much-produced "Menopause The Musical" has been around for 18 years now -- a lot longer (let's hope!) than most women will endure the symptoms of "The Change." The subject of this musical comedy is right there in the title, and it's told via four women who meet at a lingerie sale and soon bond over their shared experiences with hot flashes, mood swings and more. The Welk Resort Theatre has put together a quartet of San Diego theater royalty -- Anise Ritchie, Eileen Bowman, Melinda Gilb and Bets Malone (pictured) -- for this latest revival. And even if thetopic doesn't necessarily sound like your cup of tea(or pack of Premarin), those actors ought tomake the excursion worthwhile. JAMES HEBERT

"Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino's"

tonight and Saturday. Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $20. (619) 920-8503. thetenthpresents.ticketleap.com/waiting-for-godominos

Fans of U2, Samuel Beckett and, um, home-delivery pizza who still haven't found what they're looking for in one entity can breathe easier. Thanks to "Bono and The Edge Waiting for Godomino's," synchronicity may be at hand. A proudly barbed satire of Beckett's 1953 theater classic "Waiting for Godot," "Godomino's" skews celebrity culture by way of Beckett's absurdist exploration of religion, spirituality and existentialism. In the words of "Godomino's" writer/director Richard Lucas: "Bono has ordered a pizza so that maybe the delivery person will come into his castle and talk to him about living a regular life." The castle is in Malibu, of course, and Lucas -- as Bono -- does a few songs during the play. It debuted at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has since had three six-week runs in Los Angeles and debuted in San Francisco and Las Vegas. This will be its first San Diego staging. GEORGE VARGA

Antonio Sanchez & Migration

. Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI Auditorium, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. $32 members; $37 nonmembers. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Composing and performing the percussion-driven score for "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," 2015's Oscar winner for best picture, was transformational for internationally celebrated drummer and band leader Antonio Sanchez. Directed by five-time Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film earned Sanchez a Grammy Award for best score soundtrack and a Golden Globe nomination. It also fueled controversy when the arcane rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rendered the soundtrack ineligible for an Oscar nomination. "The biggest influence I got from 'Birdman' was the storytelling aspect of it," said Sanchez, the longtime drummer for the Pat Metheny Group. He performs an Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI Auditorium concert Saturday with his genre-leaping band, Migration. They are on tour to promote "Lines in the Sand," his ninth album as a leader. GEORGE VARGA

San Diego School of Creative Performing Arts Ellington Jazz Ensemble fundraising concert

tonight. Dizzy's at Arias Hall (behind the Musicians Association building), 1717 Morena Blvd., Bay Park. $20. (858) 270-7467. dizzysjazz.com

For the second time in three years, the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts Ellington Jazz Ensemble has been selected as one of 15 finalists in Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious 23rd annual "Essentially Ellington" competition in New York. It's a formidable feat for a Title 1 school that receives federal funds to assist lower-income students. The ensemble -- whose youngest member is baritone saxophonist Nick Caldwell, 13 -- will be accompanied to New York by its director, John Reynolds, and three chaperones. To help raise funds for its May trip, the group will perform Friday at the all-ages Dizzy's. For those who can't make the Dizzy's gig, a smaller lineup of Ellington Jazz Ensemble members will play each Saturday in March during brunch at Madison on Park in University Heights. Donations can also be made via the school's website: scpamusic.com/fundraising. GEORGE VARGA

"Cultural Grooming New Work by Jennifer Greenburg"

Through . jdc Fine Art, 2400 Kettner Blvd., suite 208, San Diego. (619) 985-2322. jdcfineart.com

Artist Jennifer Greenburg presents her third solo show, "Cultural Grooming," with the latest images from her "Revising History" works and a new series, "Colored Stories." The former explores a rejection of "the prevailing white, male gaze and the cultural constructs it celebrates," and the latter consists of abstract prints created by taking colors from items marketed to American women in the past. Greenburg, an associate professor of photography at Indiana University Northwest, said: "I intend for this series to engage the audience in a conversation about the way we interpret the media, record personal memories, and establish collective history. ... (This) is a study on photography, the nature of the vernacular image, and its role in creating cultural allegories." LISA DEADERICK

"Carol Lindemulder: Color Story"

Through . San Diego History Center, Casa de Balboa, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, Balboa Park. Suggested donation of $10. (619) 232-6203. sandiegohistory.org

Carol Lindemulder recently looked out the window of her Borrego Springs home early in the morning and watched the fog roll down the San Ysidro Mountains to the west. For her, the gray blanket was filled with shades of blues and purples. Then the sun peeked through, and she recalled: "A light came through, a brilliant, flaming yellow light. Like the heavens had opened up." She grabbed her camera, capturing the moment so she could reproduce it in oil on canvas. It will be the landscape artist's next project. Lindemulder sees the world through a kaleidoscope of colors, taking in subtle hues overlooked my most. She translates what she sees into vibrant, boldly colored paintings that reflect her window to the world. "She is an extraordinary colorist," said Kaytie Johnson, the curator for the San Diego History Center, where 17 of Lindemulder's paintings are on display. The exhibition, "Carol Lindemulder: Color Story," focuses on four categories -- buildings, trees, deserts and fields -- and includes local landscapes as well as other parts of the Southwest. MARTINA SCHIMITSCHEK



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